Cognitive incrementalism: The big issue

A. Clark*

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Neural organization raises, in an especially clear way, a major problem confronting contemporary cognitive science. The problem (the 'big issue' of my title) is: What is the relation between the strategies used to solve basic problems of perception and action and those used to solve more abstract or 'cognitive' problems? Is there a smooth, incremental route from what Arbib et al. call 'instinctual schemas' to higher-level kinds of cognitive prowess? I argue that, despite some suggestive comments, Arbib et al. do not resolve this issue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)536-537
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


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